Busia County has increased its development spending in the 2019-2020 Supplementary budget to Sh3.8 billion which is 41 per cent of the total budget of Sh9.1b which includes Sh6b as equitable share.
This is the largest allocation ever towards development projects which has a recommended ceiling of 30%, but with most counties sometimes failing to meet the threshold
A total of Sh3b reflecting 34% will go towards payment of Personal Emoluments with Sh2.2b (25%) towards Operations and Maintenance; the supplementary budget has already been tabled in the assembly.
Health takes the lion’s share of the budget with an allocation of 2.54b to go towards Personal emoluments, operations and maintenance, infrastructure development, Purchase of hospitals equipment, preventive services and health promotion unit.
Finance, Economic Planning is second with an allocation of 979m. Public Works is third with Sh908m. Agriculture comes fourth with Sh851m allocation; others are Education Sh668m, Water Sh654m, Lands Sh410m, Public Service Management Sh379m,Trade Sh257mand Youth and Sports Sh110m.
The County has given priority to stalled and on-going projects and those financed by the World Bank through Kenya Devolution Support Programme and Kenya Urban Support Programme.
Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has exuded confidence that normalcy will return in the next two weeks after the assembly has passed the supplementary budget.
“With the stalemate over division of revenue bill now behind us, it’s now systems go to ensure all on-going projects are completed by November; residents will be happy with the progress my government is undertaking,” he said.
Among the projects earmarked for completion includes the High Dependency Unit/Intensive Care Unit at the Busia County Referral Hospital, Water supply projects, installation of five (30m) high mast security lights with 300 metre radius in designated places within Busia Municipality and upgrading of more roads to bitumen standards.